Burns can result from fire, heat, overexposure to sunlight or chemicals. First- and second-degree burns can generally be treated effectively at home, but you must be certain to keep the area clean to avoid infection. If infection should occur, seek medical advice. Always seek medical attention for third-degree burns.
What to Do
To treat a burn, first cool the area, thus “putting out the fire.” Immerse the area in ice water or apply a compress of diluted apple cider vinegar for at least a half-hour. Next, choose one or more of the following treatments:
- Add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to ¼ cup of honey for a cooling disinfectant poultice, and apply to the burn.
- Apply aloe vera gel, which is cooling, disinfectant, and healing.
- Take valerian tincture internally to alleviate pain.
- For burns from hot foods on the roof of the mouth, take pill balls made with slippery elm and honey to heal the burn and lessen the pain.
- Prepare and apply Salve.
Salve applied topically is especially helpful for healing burns and any damaged nerve endings. This is an excellent, all-purpose salve that can also be used for rashes, cuts, and wounds of all types.
- 1 part calendula flowers
- 1 part comfrey leaf
- 1 part (leaves and flowers)
- Use the herbs to prepare a salve.
- Apply to the affected area two or three times daily.